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intercalate

[ in-tur-kuh-leyt ]
/ ɪnˈtɜr kəˌleɪt /
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verb (used with object), in·ter·ca·lat·ed, in·ter·ca·lat·ing.
to insert (an extra day, month, etc.) in the calendar.
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Origin of intercalate

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin intercalātus, past participle of intercalāre “to insert a day or month into the calendar,” equivalent to inter- “between, among, together” + calā- (stem of calāre “to proclaim”) + -tus past participle suffix; see inter-

OTHER WORDS FROM intercalate

in·ter·ca·la·tive, adjectiveun·in·ter·ca·lat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for intercalate

intercalate
/ (ɪnˈtɜːkəˌleɪt) /

verb (tr)
to insert (one or more days) into the calendar
to interpolate or insert

Derived forms of intercalate

intercalation, nounintercalative, adjective

Word Origin for intercalate

C17: from Latin intercalāre to insert, proclaim that a day has been inserted, from inter- + calāre to proclaim
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